2008 NBA Draft: Worst in History?

Yesterday, I took the time to do Yardbarker’s mock draft and only because it could possibly win me a Greg Oden jersey. Woohoo! The thing is, during my prediction process, I started looking at the guys that are projected to be in the lottery and I just started shaking my head. I definitely know who they all are and watched all of them play a ton of college ball last year, but none of them really stood out to me as the next NBA superstar.

Sure Beasley has a ton of talent, Rose seems like a no-brainer, and of course we all know that Mayo may have the most potential out of anyone, but what about everyone else? Most drafts include 2-4 guys that actually turn out to be a star and the rest tend to become solid roles players for years, but I’ve got to tell you that I don’t see this being the case this year. None of the players in this draft compare to past drafts which included guys like Dwyane Wade, Melo, and Chris Paul. I’m seriously wondering if this is the worst draft we’ve seen in a long time.

Here is the projected lottery coming from the latest of Chad Ford’s mock drafts:

1. Derrick Rose
2. Michael Beasley
3. OJ Mayo
4. Russell Westbrook
5. Eric Gordon
6. Danilo Gallinari
7. Jerryd Bayless
8. Joe Alexander
9. Kevin Love
10. Brooke Lopez
11. DJ Augustin
12. Mario Chalmers
13. Alexis Ajinca
14. Kosta Koufos

So after looking at that list, tell me how many of those players stands out as a future NBA star? Do any of them? I’m talking you, sitting down, thinking about these guys matched up against big time NBA ballers and then in 3-4 years turning into an All-Star. Forget about what they’ve done in college because once you get to the NBA, your college experience means absolutely nothing especially as most of these kids played only one year anyway.

I’m going way out on a limb here, but I feel pretty confident in saying that Mayo, Rose and Beasley are the only guys in this draft that stand a chance at being a perennial All-Star. And I’m squirming in my hot pants by even giving that prediction because none of these 3 is really thrilling me either.

I can tell you with confidence that Alexander, Love, Lopez, Chalmers, Ajinca and Koufos will all be 100% busts. They don’t stand a chance in hell against NBA talent. Think back to Mark Madsen dominating the college game and then think about the type of NBA career he had. You can throw all of these kids in that category.

Watching this year’s draft is still a decision I need to make. None of these players has that “LeBron” type of buzz and I could care less about the teams they could be going to. Not one of these players will likely make anyone better right off the bat. Let’s just get straight to summer league so we can see how my bust predictions are adding up!

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